On Nov. 1, Skyline Elementary held its twice a year reading night for the students. This reading night was a special night as the school dedicated a painting in memory of Lynn Rees Phillips, who was the beloved school librarian that passed away this past May from cancer.
The painting was commissioned and donated by the Skyline Elementary PTA.
The painting depicted Phillips reading to children in the school’s library. The three children pictured were Phillip’s two sons and daughter.
The painting was will hang in the school’s library for all of the students to see.
The artist that worked on the painting was Jeremy Fry. Fry is a teacher at the Sedalia Middle School.
Skyline Elementary Principal Mrs. McFatrich mentioned that the painting was finished before the school year began, and that it took about a month to complete.
The News-Journal spoke with Mrs. Jerri Perkins, who is a Title 1 Instructor with the school, about last Thursday’s reading night.
“The theme was All-star Readers. We had Bud Thomas here. He played professional baseball for the St. Louis Browns in the late 1940s and later on he was an administrator.
“We had Jeff Mays here. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies. He played Triple A ball. He was involved in the baseball program at Smith-Cotton for 20 years.
“We also had Coach Jud Kindle and Ryan Akin. He is a Smith-Cotton High School senior and he is an all-star soccer player. He plays goalie.
“We also had Terri Brines here. She is a former Skyline teacher,” Perkins said of those in attendance to read to the students.
Perkins added, “They read books to the students. The kids rotated room to room listening to the readers. At the end they each received a free book.”
There were over 100 students in attendance for the fall reading night at Skyline.
Perkins was asked if this was a larger turnout than usual.
“This was much more than what we usually have,” Perkins said.
She added, “We also had several central office personnel here for the dedication. We had Mrs. Wolfe, Mr. Brad Pollitt and Mr. Stees here.”